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War against street beggars launched in a Swedish  municipality

Thursday, 21 April 2011
A ban on begging in public places has been introduced in Sala Municipality in V�stmanland commune in Sweden. This makes the municipality to become the first in the country to take such action, but there all local political parties have supported the ban.

It is expected that this will be a trigger for such action being spread to the rest of the country. “We hope that they go away from Salas and we’ll not allow this type of activity in Sala Municipality, "said Social Democrat Per Olof Rapp, Mayor.

The discussion about begging,  its effects in the public freedom has been in continuous discussion in Sweden, to and fro for the last 15 years. Now Sala Municipality has taken the bold step to advance their positions and add a section to the local Charter which simply states that: "Begging is banned in public places".

The ban is justified in that it would make it easier for police to act against crime which may result in beggary and related activities such as human abuses and human trafficking.
“We have a couple of three, four people who have been at various street intersections. Since, they have been standing next to those people and supported them. Then the police are now entitled to intervene and make an assessment of this, "said Per Olof Rapp.

All political parties in the Sala municipality have endorsed the begging prohibition. At the national level, it’s only the radical far right party, the Sweden Democrats that has openly support a nationwide ban. The other parties at the national level are not very clear on their on their stance on the issue.

The ban on begging is supposed to come into force on 1 May, but first the County Administrative Board of V�stmanland would assess whether it is consistent with other laws. Then a decision would be expected shortly.
Any one caught begging or promoting begging will be punished with a fine and the police has been given the power to enforce it
By Scancomark.se Team

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